Did you ever think what it actually cost Jesus to come to this earth? We celebrate the season of Christmas to remember His birth but do we really understand the magnitude of it? He left a world where he lived for eons of eternity past, a realm of peace, rest, harmony, a state of tranquility, a world of wholesomeness, an atmosphere of total love. It was a place where He moved completely at ease, creating and governing the entire universe. This was His home.
Yet, He was willing to leave this state of being, and the vastness of the universe to reduce Himself by becoming a tiny cell inside the womb of a young woman on planet earth. This was a total sacrifice, a giving of Himself out of pure love for us. It was just the beginning.
Mary was also willing to sacrifice out of her pure love for God. Her acceptance to this task could mean losing everything she held dear in life. The angel’s message greatly troubled, disturbed and confused her, and Mary said to the angel, “How can this be?”
But even in the midst of her fears as the love of God surrounded her, she spoke these wonderful words, “Behold I am the handmaiden of the Lord; let it be done to me according to His word.”
What about you? Are you willing to consider what the will of God may be for your life? Have you been listening to the still small voice or the soft tug on your heart to do something that you find to be too much of a sacrifice? What if you, even in the midst of the fears or doubt went ahead and yielded as Mary did? You may just find a life full of grandeur more than you could have ever imagined.
Ari knew all too well about sacrifice. He sacrificed his safety and almost his own life to reach out and save his worst enemy from certain destruction. Little did Ari know that by surrendering and having the will to do what was right he put in motion an outcome that touched and changed many lives for generations to come.
Sacrifice means, “to surrender for the sake of obtaining some other advantage.”
“Sacrifice is a part of life. It’s supposed to be. It’s not something to regret. It’s something to aspire to.” ~ Mitch Albom
“Nevertheless, not my will, but thine be done.” Luke 22:42
“Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.” Matthew 6:10
“Fear not, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the City of David, a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:10